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Android 2.2 Froyo for Droid X

I've been waiting patiently for this update to arrive for my Droid X for the past few months. Unfortuantly, I am tired of seeing Motorola tease us with potential release dates.

ASP.Net Web apps face risk of widespread crypto attack

Web apps built on ASP.Net may face a new wave of crypto attacks, putting sensitive data as -- well as Microsoft's already tarnished reputation for insecurity -- at risk.

The so-called padding oracle attack affects every ASP.Net Web application, according to security researcher Juliano Rizzo, enabling an attacker to decrypt cookies' view states, passwords, user data (such as Social Security numbers), and anything else encrypted using the framework's API. Beyond getting their hands on sensitive data, malicious hackers could use the exploit to forge authentication tickets and access applications with admin rights...

The Future of Cloud Computing: The Big 25 in the Next 25

The past 25 years have brought a digital age of Internet, massive computing power, high-speed data transmission, mobile communication, and more recently, the cloud, which brings it all together. Over the next 25 years, as technology advances and infrastructure increases, cloud computing will continue to change our world.

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, about 70% of Americans will be using cloud-based applications as their primary tools by 2020—both at work and in their free time. It’s already happening, of course—people accessing cloud-based applications like email and social media from their smart phones, streaming movies from Netflix®, and hosting their family pictures online—but just imagine what is on the horizon...

Microsoft to probe charges of antipiracy abuses

Microsoft's top lawyer said on Monday that the company is taking action in the wake of a report that its antipiracy efforts have been used by the Russian government as a means to monitor computers of dissident groups in that country.

In a blog post, general counsel Brad Smith said that the company is hiring an outside law firm to investigate a report in The New York Times that the Russian government has used Microsoft's antipiracy efforts as a pretext to search computers of potential dissidents and, separately, that some lawyers hired by Microsoft have worked with corrupt police to shake down businesses over the piracy issue...